16% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter must be one of the most spoiled children in all of human history, even among royal children he’s out-of-control in his pursuit of getting his way.

Yet so far, according to Massie, Peter does not seem cruel as you might suspect from such a spoiled child. He is more interested in adventure and war than being sadistic.

He’s so not Russian, too. It’s as if he tried to get away from Moscow completely.